Writers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm getting ready for the GRE and am looking for some highly challenging books. Any new bombastic dense context with long weird complex sentences would work for me. I would like to see who dense a context can be, and again, I'm not looking for something overly archaic that only a neanderthal could fully understand!

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Lauren Ipsum, jwpat7, Psicofrenia, Monica Cellio Aug 30 '13 at 22:57

  • This question does not appear to be about writing, copywriting, publishing or editing within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Hi Nate, welcome to Writers SE. This is not on-topic for us, as it's not about writing or editing. (That said, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez's Autumn of the Patriarch ought to do you nicely. I counted six sentences stretched over 40 pages before I threw it across the room.) – Lauren Ipsum Aug 30 '13 at 16:57
@LaurenIpsum Thank you for your response. I'll soon get the translated version of that book. Where do you suggest I should post this question to get more answers? – Nate Aug 31 '13 at 15:13
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann. I found it extraordinarily challenging, and worth it. Twice.

share|improve this answer
Thank you. I found more that one book titled Doctor Faustus. Before I purchase, would you please check if this is the one you suggested? tinyurl.com/n2tu4hv Translated from German by John E. Woods. – Nate Aug 31 '13 at 15:38
Of the two that I read, the John E. Woods translation is by far my favorite. I forget who translated the other one I read. – Dale Hartley Emery Sep 1 '13 at 0:00

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.